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This is hands down one of my makeup staples! It gives a lovely finish to my skin tone, also great for contouring/warming up my makeup look. The only downfall is that is it quite pricey, but you do pay for what you get - pure quality!
The Multiple is a cult product from NARS. You will normally find it featured in magazines as a celebrity and make-up artist go to product and often places in best beauty buy lists. In other words there is a lot of hype about this product!
The multiple is designed to be used on your eyes lips and cheeks and wherever else you desire! They come in a whole spectrum of colours from the deepest bronzes and prettiest pinks to barely there golden highlighters. My first Multiple I purchased in the shade Maui I remember I asked for it as a birthday present because at ...... it is a rather expensive price.
I am super pale I definitely don't have a skin tone which can take any kind of make-up. For this reason I chose the multiple in the shade Maui which is a pinkish red which although may sound boring is really flattering and I think would look great on the majority of skin tones. Sometime later I purchased my second multiple in Riviera which is a much more fun light pink with really subtle shimmer.
The multiple is like a massive lipstick - simply a chunky stick of colour which you can then apply how you wish. It comes in classic chic NARS packaging of a black cylinder with NARS emblazoned on it in white writing. As with any beauty product you really need to try it out and see how it fits in with your other beauty products. I remember when I first used the multiple not knowing what to do with it, I simply drew it across my cheeks. Yeah, I don't recommend doing this! Even with rubbing and blending it looked really cheap and strong. After a time I realised how to make it work for me and I grew to love it!
What I love about the multiple is that you can build up the colour to the desired level. I primarily used Maui on my lips and during the day I would just apply it to my lips by using my finger to dab some colour onto the lip for a natural "no make-up" look. For evenings I would use it more as a lipstick and apply it more carefully and build it up into a strong bold colour. I also liked to mix some with lip balm and make it into a sheer stain for my lips. It is also great on the cheeks and I used to wear it dabbed on top of bronzer as it would lift the bronzer and stop it looking muddy and dull and makes the make-up used look more natural.
The only criticism you could really make is that the stick can be a bit dry making it tricky to apply. However, you need to bear in mind that it is not simply a straight forward lipstick or blush it's more of a colour stick which you use to emphasise your beauty. Just make sure you have a good skin base (if applying to skin) or moisturised lips for the colour to take and look its best.
The longevity and quality of the product goes some way to justify the price. I had Maui for around a year and I am still working my way through Riviera! I am looking to purchase another multiple in the near future as soon as finances look more favourable! Also NARS are constantly coming out with new shades and collections so there will be something to suit every skin tone and colouring!
I really love this product as its compact, delivers great colour and easy to use - It definitely justifies its place in my clutch bag on evenings out! When I do use it in front or friends they are always intrigued and want to use it. It's a fun and useful product and one I will use for years to come!
Why did I buy this product?
I bought a couple of these 'Multiples' a couple of years ago, after reading great things about them in magazine and on the internet. I was going through a phase of wanting to try out lots of 'high end' beauty products, and seeing as this one had been particularly hyped up, I thought it would be a great addition to my make-up bag.
What is it?
Nars describe this product as "the original multifunction colour stick", and it is basically a colour that can be used on cheeks, lips, and eyes. I don't think all the shades would be particularly flattering on the eyes though, most of the shades look like typical blusher colours, which is why I don't think they would be viable for an eye colour. Perhaps I am missing something here? Maybe they could work as a highlighter across the brow bone, but I do think this would look rather strange on most people.
This product comes in classic Nars packaging - it is very stylish and minimalistic which I think would appeal to a lot of people. It comes in a black tube, similar to a typical lipstick or concealer tube, but it is considerably more chunky and thick. The Nars logo is emblazoned across the side of the tube. All in all, I think this would look classy on anyone's dressing table, and I can't find fault with it. It's very simple to use, you just pop the cap off and twist the product up, and I've found the tube to be very durable as I've had mine for a couple of years.
The formula feels extremely creamy and luxe as you apply it to your face. The shades I chose had a nice shimmery effect, so I found that they add some pretty highlights to my cheeks. It's really easy to blend into your skin, so I would recommend this product if you don't have a lot of time to apply your make-up, as you can't really go wrong with it. It seems to last all day which is really important to me, as I don't like having to re-apply make-up during the day. It's also very buildable, so you can really play around with how sheer or opaque you want the colour to be.
My main gripe with this product, is I really don't see how you can use it as a lip or eye colour. When applying this as a lipstick, it seems to lose all of it's creaminess, and feels almost gritty on the lips. It definitely doesn't feel moisturising at all, it just doesn't look flattering. Maybe I just didn't choose the right shades, but I can't make it work as a lip colour at all.
There's quite a good selection of shades to choose from, and as I said most of them look like typical blusher shades. I chose 'Orgasm' which is arguably one of their most popular shades, and is described as a "peachy pink with shimmer", I think this shade is fairly flattering on pale skin tones, and the shimmer really is noticeable, so if you aren't into shimmery colours, then I don't think you would like this at all. The other shade I chose is called 'Portifino' and is described as a "shimmering coral", I'm not as keen on this one, I think it looks more red than coral if I'm being honest, and it does come out looking quite dark. I really do like the names Nars gives to each shade, as most of them seemed to be named after exotic destinations such as 'Palm Beach' and 'St. Barts' - I think this really plays in to the 'luxe' high end image that Nars is shooting for, and it does seem to make them more tempting to buy.
Price and availability.
These little sticks certainly don't come cheap, coming in at a whopping £29.00 on the Nars website. I think this is absolutely extortionate to be perfectly frank. Although they have both lasted me a long time, I doubt I would purchase another in the future, as I'm sure I could find a cheaper alternative on the high street. These might be nice as a one off treat of gift for a make-up enthusiast, but they are not really in the price range at the moment!
They are available from Nars stores and the Nars website, or department stores such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
As nice as this product is, I think it's very overpriced. I'd be happy to pay around £15.00 for it, seeing as I don't think it really works very well as a lip or eye product.
When I was recently browsing the Urban Decay stand another product caught my eye. I love it when a product serves many purposes and I love any product which promises to add a bit of definition and life to my often dull complexion. The Multiple by Nars seemed to tick both these products.
What does the product do?
The Multiple is basically a multi tasking highlighter which gives your face definition and leaves it looking glowing and healthy. The stick is can be used on the eyes, cheeks, lips and body and with its sheer yet shimmering colouring, it is sure to leave you looking anything but dull!
The product comes in a variety of shades and each one has an equally cute name, most of which are of beautiful places. There are pink shades with names such as Luxor, Rivera and the rather cheeky Orgasm. The beautiful bronze shades come with names such as Palm Beach, St.Barts and Laguna. There are shades to cover everything in between too such as Malibu, Maldives and Maui. After quite a bit of thinking and deliberating , I eventually chose Luxor which is an iridescent pink shade.
How do you use the product?
The product can be used in many different ways. I use the stick as a finishing touch to my make up but it can be worn alone too. If you buy a mainly colourless shade like mine then you can use it as a highlighter by rubbing the stick onto the cheekbones, brow bones, cupids bow and the chest bows to add definition. If you buy a more colourful shade then you can use it as a blusher/bronzer, lip stick and eye shadow.
Packaging and Price
The product is packaged in a similar way to a lip stick and it comes in a black plastic stick. It has no detailing apart from the capital white interlinked letters that says Nars which is what you would expect from this brand. The product is protected by a black lid when it is not in use and the product can be moved up higher by twisting the base of the stick.
The product doesn't come cheap at all and mine cost me around £29. I rationalised the purpose by thinking that it was as it was for the lips, cheeks, eyes and body, I would have all areas covered and wouldn't need to buy anything else for a while. It can be bought from Department stores such as Boots and Debenhams, and also from a variety of online websites.
The stick glides gorgeously onto the skin because it has a creamy consistency so it won't drag or pull your skin. The creamy formula also means that it is easy to blend into the skin so you won't have any harsh edges. The first problem with the application of this product is that if you have wrinkles or enlarged pores then this product will sink right into then and make them look worse. I always ensure that I use Porefessional because using this as it fills in my pores and it gives me a smooth service to work on. The large surface of the stick makes it quite difficult to apply the product directly onto the eyes and lips so you may need to use a make up brush if you are using the Multiple for this purpose.
The Multiple works brilliantly on the cheeks. The colour on my cheek bones is beautiful and highlights my facial structure well. The shimmer is there but only in an ethereal way not like a disco ball and the colour is sheer so it's barely there which is how I wanted it to be. It makes me look healthier and it is easy to blend although as it is creamy, it can sometimes mess with my foundation underneath. It is completely comfortable on the skin and it hasn't caused any blemishes to form. The results are long lasting and it will be still be in place when it comes to the time to remove the product. The product is removed easily using a face wipe or my normal face wash.
The product works in exactly the same way when applying the product to my chest bones and it gives them definition and looks lovely in the sunshine. When applying my stick to the brow bone and cupids bow above my lips, I rub my finger gently over the product and then apply it to my skin using my finger. My product isn't the right shade to be using my stick as a eye shadow or lipstick but for the purpose of this review I gave it a go.
The creamy stick feels really weird when applying it to the lips. It doesn't feel very nice and leaves my lips feeling dry and it highlights every bit of flaky skin that I didn't even know I had so you'll have to make sure that you're lips are in a really good condition first. When applying it to the lids, the product creases easily and so a primer would be necessary if you wanted the product to last and stay perfect. In short, I wouldn't personally use the product for either of these two purposes.
All in all, I don't think I really thought the purchase of this product through. I think the product only really works as a highlighting product of which I already have many. It does work really well on the cheeks and I think all of the available shades would be beautiful when used in this way. As for working on the eyes and lips, I'd have to say it's not worth using this product on either on these areas. Therefore, I effectively spent £29 on a product for my cheeks. While it works beautifully on this area and I will continue to use it in this way, I don't think this stick is actually as 'multiple' as the name suggests.
This is a multi-purpose creamy stick which can be used on cheeks, eyes and lips.
The information on Nars website says "Its unique, creamy formula blends effortlessly to provide sheer color for creating shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. Creates perfect, glowing complexions and is conveniently designed for failproof application."
It comes in 12 different shades. I will be reviewing the Orgasm shade which is a pinky peach colour that suits most skin tones.
I have only ever used this as a blusher as the chunky stick is hard to apply to my lips and this particular shade does not work well as an eyeshadow.
As a blusher this product is fabulous. It is really creamy so is easy to apply and blend in. It gives a really dewy glow to my skin. It also has little gold flecks in the colour which add shimmer. As well as using it on the apples of my cheeks i apply upwards towards my cheekbones as the shimmer and creaminess are good for highlighting and contouring.
It gives a more natural and less done up look than powder blushers which i like and really perks up my skin.
Some of the other shades available can be used more for highlighting and can be applied to the rest of the body such as legs and arms.
It is £29.00 which is extremely expensive but it lasts forever and is great quality.
However I have heard that Nars do experiment on animals so doubt I will be buying this again.
Nars Multiples are multi purpose sticks that can be used on cheeks, eyes and lips. They come in a range of eleven shades ranging from pretty, delicate pinks and corals to darker shades suitable for contouring.
The first shade I purchased from the multiples range was Copacabana which is a pale, iridescent beige colour that's perfect for highlighting. I've used it just about everywhere actually, it's great to use on brow bones, cheek bones and I've even put it on collar bones and legs in the summer to add a pretty sheen. It comes in the form of a chunky screw up stick, kind of like a super size lipstick and is housed in a black tube in Nars's normal black textured packaging. You get 14.2g of product for your money (£27.00) which is a huge amount, I've had Copacabana for well over a year and there's still over half of the product left.
The product itself is kind of like a cream blush only stick shaped and is fairly easy to blend and work with. I find the best way to apply is to spread the product on to the back of your hand to warm it and then apply to your face. You get a lot more control over the product this way; I find the stick far too chunky to apply straight on to the face. As I said, Copacabana is an excellent colour for adding highlights on cheeks etc but I've not really found it useful for the other two areas that Nars say this product can be used on. I have tried it as a pale eye shadow but I found it creased very quickly and left lids oily and this particular shade is not really suitable as a lipstick shade and I found it drying on lips anyway, even with a lip balm underneath.
I also purchased a second shade from the multiples range, Riviera which is a pretty cool pink colour but I've found this one really difficult to blend and work with. Even getting it to go on cheeks evenly is a nightmare and I found this even more drying when I used it as a lip product. Again the colour is not suitable for all three of the uses it's designed for either, it's definitely not a very attractive eye shadow shade.
In terms of lasting power, multiples aren't bad but I wouldn't describe them as particularly long lasting. On lips they disappear quite quickly and on eyes they slip and crease. When used as blush they stick around for a while depending on the base underneath and obviously skin type but it's nothing to shout about. I generally get about four hours wear before it starts to fade. The only thing that prolongs wear for me is adding a light dusting of translucent face powder over the top to set, but this takes away the glowy look that I use the product for anyway.
I originally purchased Nars multiples because I was attracted to the idea of a multi use product that came in a pretty range of shades. The shades did turn out to be lovely but unfortunately it hasn't been useful as a multi purpose product and at £27.00 I find it to be too expensive to use as just a blush even though it lasts a while. I was more disappointed with Riviera than Copacabana because I have been able to find other uses for this one. I don't think I'll be splashing out on anymore of these though; I'll save my cash and purchase some more of their powder blushes and shadows which are great.
NARS Multiple sounds like a great product, but unfortunately it's not. The product states that it can be used on cheeks (as a blush), on the eyelids (as a shadow) and on the lips (as a lipstick).
I primarily bought this as a blush. Unfortunately after an hour the shimmer dissappears and the colour fades - so you need to keep the product with you in your handbag and apply more as needed. If you touch your face it comes straight off. I have used many cream blushes (for example M.A.C, Estee Lauder etc) and I have never experienced such a colour fade.
What I did do was to use this as a base for my blusher, and it worked quite well, but this is not what I really wanted the product for.
I have tried to wear this product on my lips and it is very drying, so you need a lipgloss on the top. The problem with wearing a lipgloss over the top is that the colour is so sheer, any gloss overpowers the colour of the multiple - making it a little pointless as a lipstick.
To wear this on the eyelids is possibly the worst reccommendation for this product. I alway use an eye-primer so that my shadows do not slip, even with a primer this colour does not stay still and is slides and collects in the creases of your eyelids and it looked disgusting! I was so embarrassed I swore never to use the 'multiple' again.
It is my opinion that for such an EXPENSIVE product it is a real let down, especially for £27.
I bought the multiple in the colour 'Orgasm' but it comes in 12 shades, ranging from dark bronzing colours to light pink.
I personally would not buy this again, and I would stick to buying their powder blushers which are excellent.
** My Review is for The Multiple in the shade CANNES, which has now been discontinued **
OK, I'll admit that CANNES doesn't look exciting next to all the other colours, but give it a chance. It must be one of the most wearable shades.
I picked CANNES because it is a good all rounder for my fair skin and blue eyes. The colour is a copper with a dash of shimmery pink. It blends beautifully with my dry skin, with I doubted at first.
On cheeks it is more of a light bronzing colour, rather then a blush. The slight pink twinge gives skin a healthy glow.
The only slight drawback is that the formula goes on very lightly. Doesn't sound like a bad thing, but it takes a few times to get the colour right, which is awkward when you're in a rush.
CANNES is a molten bronze shade on my lids. I can't detect any pink.
After 3/4 hours the colour was still noticeable. There was some creasing, but I found this to be less noticeable then other brands. So while it's not a party-all-night colour, you'll look fine during a meal out, a shopping trip etc.
It's a copper on my lips, like with on my cheeks there is a faint pink tinge.
Maybe it's just my dry skin, but on my lips the finish is matt. I don't have a problem with that, but with the creamy formula I was expecting something a bit more moist.
All in all, I'm impressed by both the colour and the quality. I'll have to start collecting the other shades.
I liked CANNES, but I wouldn't have bought the same one, if I'd been able to.
I used it mostly on my cheeks and lips, so I'll go for something peach or pink, like Orgasm.
The Multiple by Nars is a great product if twentysomething pounds is your budget for a blusher/lip gloss. However this is not the case for most people, myself included. My sister very sweetly bought this for me for my birthday after seeing that I was still using one of her handmeups (on account of my being the older sibling). I've been using it frequently since because I really like the natural, fresh colour that it gives you. It blends really well into the cheeks, but I find it's not as natural on the lips, for some reason you notice the shimmer more. But it still looks nice and for going out I use it as a gloss. It's not a bold blush range, so you wont find anything of that variety with The Multiple.
This Nars beauty product is a multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its a very light product, which blends well and gives a good sheer all-over color. It doesn't rub off easily either. In a good way that is - it's long lasting.
The packaging is the black tube with a matt texture, which is robust and sturdy and means that the product is fine to travel with. The lid clicks over the tube, so no chance of it just popping off and leaving the contents of your bag pink! The tube comes in a nice black box looks attractive, especially as a present.
It costs £27 pounds which I didn't realise until I just checked for the purpose of this review. I do have a generous sister! Personally I wouldn't be able to afford this product but it was lovely to have received something like this as a gift. So I'd definately recommend it for that purpose as well. I'd say if you do have the money for this then it's a product that's worth investing in.
I really love to use often, for any occasion as it's so versatile. The colours in the range are great and quite varied.
Overall, this is a quality beauty item, with a fine, natural colour and longevity that's the best from the range of similar, but cheaper products that I've tried.
I bought my two multiples about 3 years ago in Space NK (stores in Bluewater and Covent Garden). They are a solid stick of shimmering colour that you twist up from the base. The ones I have are Copacabana (silvery) and South Beach (bronze), I must admit I haven't used them an awful lot BUT they do come into their own in the summer or if on holiday somewhere hot as you can just glide the stick over your legs, shoulders or collarbone to highlight the areas and make them all shimmery. You can also use them for blusher, eyeshadow or lipstick and they last about the same length of time as normal products do on your skin. They are pricey (about £25.00) but they last a lifetime and if you are a make up addict then they are a cult beauty product you must go buy!!.....
I purchased 'The Multiple' from Space Nk back in 1998 and I still have plenty of the product left in the tube to last me about another year-and I use it everyday! It is a product that can be used in all seasons. The creamy substance really highlites the cheekbones and makes even tired skin look radiant.I mix mine with my tinted moisturiser to give my face a natural looking glow. The product is around 25 pounds which some people may find expensive BUT as I said before, it lasts for ages. 'The Multiple' comes in a variety of colours to suit all different skin tones and if you are pale and want a bit of colour 'South Beach' or 'Malibu' are really nice colours. The application is very easy and can be blended well.I use 'Copacabana' on my cheeckbones and browbones and people constantly ask me how I get my skin to look so good after a hard nights work! The product is nice and compact and even if you aren't the worlds best make-up artist, you'll have no problem applying this as the colour comes out sheer and you can build it up. 'The Multiple' is also available at Liberty.
Without doubt if I was to have only one make up product to take with me to a desert island it would Nars - The Multiple. It is colour in the form of a stick and can be applied to the cheeks, eyes and lips (hence the name). It add colour and a subtle glow to the skin without making it shine. I saw it advertised in mail order and almost ordered one. I'm glad I waited for the opportunity to choose in a store however, because my original choice was completely wrong. I bought mine at Space NK but I think other shops stock it.